Cui Jinze
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I'm an architectural historian in Beijing. The reason why I built, and I'm still building, this collection of photos of Chinese ancient architecture is that I want to stimulate discussion about the protection and care of our ancient relics and heritage. Most of the buildings are in really bad condition and have suffered wide domestic and international ignorance for centuries. If you want to share ideas about the public education of Chinese ancient architecture, please email to me:

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"Dongdasi" in modern Chinese. Sounds very close:)


您好:很喜欢您拍摄的古建筑照片。 羡慕您能有时间去欣赏历史...

beautiful brick carving

It's obviously a recent addition. It only runs through the top storey and is in turn supported by a different structure in the ceiling of the storey below. Of course, the current spire is almost certainly not the original one either: they usually aren't, since such a thing is so easily destroyed by lightning.

As far as sculptures go, I suppose that's true. Of course, the pagoda itself still retains its original look and feel: it has been restored, not completely rebuilt. The pagoda used to be a part of the Haiaosi temple (海鳌寺), which has unfortunately vanished. Another temple, Beidimiao (北帝庙) has also disappeared. (Not to be confused with another Beidimiao in a different part of Guangzhou that still exists.)

Much of this ancestral temple remains unrestored, probably due to lack of funds. It certainly hasn't become a popular tourist destination, which is perhaps unfortunate in some ways. On the other hand, the absence of big crowds gives it a wonderfully quiet and tranquil atmosphere.

Hmm... It might be "wrong" in the traditional sense, but I still think it's a fairly impressive neo-classical building, especially since it's flanked by the two other halls with a round floor plan. This is the central one, San Qing Dian (三清殿).

It is a "ci" -- 资政大夫祠.


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